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Goal Of The Night

Blog: KK Hockey By Paul

Dustin Byfuglien with the OT goal last night.

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Rangers Lacking In Many Areas

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from Larry Brooks of the NY Post,

If anyone is searching for a reason why the Rangers have the NHL’s 29th overall record since Oct. 17, their 2-1 overtime loss last night in which they were overwhelmed by the Blackhawks stands as Exhibit A.

Despite getting a point on the strength of Henrik Lundqvist’s brilliance—in the match in which Chicago not only had 41 shots to the Blueshirts’ 18, but an overwhelming 75-32 advantage in attempts—the Rangers lacked the size, strength, speed and commitment to handle one of the NHL’s most powerful teams.

continued

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Encouraging Talk For Quebec City

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from Michel Hebert of QMI Agency at the Toronto Sun,

After a long discussion with National Hockey League commissioner Gary Bettman last Friday, Quebec premier Jean Charest says he believes the NHL will return to Quebec City.

According to the premier, Bettman is “sincere” and wants to see a franchise return to the former home of the Nordiques. Charest noted that the “planets are aligned” in such a way that the profitability of a new professional team is no longer a question for him

continued

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Spezza & Kovalev Have To Start Producing

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from James Gordon of the Ottawa Citizen,

Spezza played through a nagging injury earlier this season and refused to speculate on whether that affected his production.

Kovalev, however, made some cryptic comments Wednesday about being hurt when asked why he isn’t shooting more.

“Well, there’s certain injuries here that have been bothering me, but the last two or three games I’ve been better and getting in positions to start shooting more so, you know, sometimes it’s hard,” he said.

“I mean, I don’t want to blame it on because I got hurt. You know, it’s not the reason. If I’m playing, I’ve got to play the way I can, but sometimes certain things (are) limiting you.”

Kovalev said the fact he hasn’t scored a goal in 15 games isn’t getting to him.

“It doesn’t bother me. You know, what bothers me the most is that we can’t put up the points (in the standings),” he said. “We know we’re good enough. We’re a strong team. We know we can do better and there’s still a lot of games to play, and we should start now to put up some points.”

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Hey Canada, Do You Want Mike Green On Your Olympic Team?

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from Corey Masisak of the Washington Times,

His prowess on offense - and on the power play in particular - could be a big positive for his chances to make the team. Canada struggled to generate offense at the Turin Olympics in 2006, scoring only 15 goals in six games (including three shutout losses) en route to a national panic-inducing seventh-place finish.

The biggest question about Green seems to center on trust. Can Team Canada, with gold-or-bust expectations, trust Green not to have a defensive lapse or a turnover at a critical point in what could be the most pressure-packed tournament in the history of the sport?

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Markov May Join Habs Sooner Than Later

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from Pat Hickey of the Montreal Gazette,

Andrei Markov will be back in the lineup sooner rather than later.

That’s the impression you get from talking to the veteran Canadiens defenceman.

Markov suffered torn leg tendons when it was sliced by Carey Price’s skate in a freak accident during the NHL season opener on Oct. 1 in Toronto. The original prognosis said Markov would be out of action until February.

But he has been skating with his teammates for the better part of a week.

“I feel pretty good, I’m skating with the team and I need a little more time,” Markov said.

There’s no pain in the leg but “it feels different.” The main obstacle to his return appears to be conditioning.

“I feel like I’m starting training camp, so I have to take it step by step.” Markov, who said he’s in daily contact with doctors, has a date in mind for his return, but he’s not willing to share it. But nobody should be surprised if Markov is back before the New Year.

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Ready, Set, Vomit: Down Goes Cleary

Blog: Abel to Yzerman By IwoCPO

So, I guess this statement from Mike Babcock last night…

McCosky

“...it’s very obvious we don’t have a lot of natural goal scorers…”

...goes hand-in-hand with this refreshing ditty from Tick Tock Kenny Holland.

St. James

“He’s probably out awhile,” general manager Ken Holland said, “but I don’t know long awhile is.”

Yep, he’s talking about our boy Charlie Buckets (link to the glossary).

Continue Reading »

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Decisions Ahead For Nieuwendyk

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from Mike Heika of the Dallas Morning News,

The Stars are a team in transition, and this is just 30 games into the transition. Yes, there are moves that can be made, and might be made. But the bottom line is new general manager Joe Nieuwendyk has a budget of $45 million for this season, and there’s no indication that will change, even if Tom Hicks does sell the Rangers.

So then you have to ask yourself – if you were the GM – would you try to roll the dice on a big move in attempt to possibly go after the Stanley Cup this year, or do you stay patient and allow your young players to get more experience?

It’s not an easy decision, and it probably weighs on Nieuwendyk all the time.

The Stars’ problem is they have some key players at important points in their careers.

read on

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Just Imagine If The Coyotes Offense Improves

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from Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic (Thursday edition),

This us-against-the-world business doesn’t fly forever. An NHL team can only diet on rejection and revenge for so long before its true identity surfaces.

Guess what? The Coyotes are morphing into a darn good hockey team.

They have won five in a row and sit just four points out of second in the Western Conference with a big game in Los Angeles tonight. They have a goalie who treats the crease like a high-security vault and a unit that has killed 19 straight penalties.

The offense continues to struggle, but it speaks volumes that the team is finding ways to win without it.

“That’s what’s most exciting,” Shane Doan said. “We’ve won five in a row and we haven’t scored a goal on the power play? Our offense hasn’t done anything. It’s only a matter of time.”

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Ducks Owner Gets Good News In Court

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from Rachanee Srisavasdi of the OC Register,

A federal judge this afternoon set aside the guilty plea of Broadcom Corp. co-founder Henry Samueli and dismissed the criminal charges against him….

“I am going to set aside your guilty plea and I am going to dismiss your information against you,” Carney (U.S. District Judge) told Samueli. “I have looked at the plea agreement. I have listened to your testimony and you didn’t make a false material statement.”

Samueli responded: “You have restored my faith in the criminal justice system. ... Thank you your Honor.”

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added 9:52pm,

ANAHEIM, Calif. – Following today’s ruling in U.S. District Court, Anaheim Ducks Owners Henry and Susan Samueli issued the statement below:

“We are relieved and thankful for Judge Carney’s decision. Though the past two years have been difficult, we remained steadfast in our confidence in the justice system. We want to thank all those who have stood behind us through the entire process, specifically our fans, partners, hockey personnel, and our great staff at H & S Ventures, the Anaheim Ducks and Honda Center.

“Moving forward, we are excited to continue our organizational efforts to better the Orange County community.”

Henry and Susan Samueli purchased the club on June 20, 2005. The Ducks became the first California-based club to win the Stanley Cup (2007) and have qualified for the playoffs in four consecutive seasons. The club has won more playoff games since 2005-06 (34) than any other team in the NHL with the exception of Detroit (43 wins).

 

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